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Do you know who your customer curators and advocates are?

We ran another great SVAMA Panel event this past week with a Keynote from Jeremiah Owyang, now with Altimeter Group and a great panel of practioners.

I always like to gain at least one key takeaway and for me it was understanding more about a couple of key customers in any business. The curator and the advocate.

To summarize Jeremiah, the curator is a really small % of any customer base that actually takes the time to set-up infrastructure to enable other customers to engage on topics relevant to a specific company or brand. The example given was Coke which already had over one million followers on a facebook page set-up by a customer (curator).

Rob from Exuberance asked a key question for any business person, who are your advocates? Who are the people that really love what you do and positively and passionately influence others? In his experience and in mine often the answer from clients is that they do not know… (and yet they are a crucial engine of growth for any business).

Today is a good day to start identifying them and working on a strategy to help them help your business.

March SVAMA Event – Entrepreneurial Marketing

We had another awesome event last week in San Jose, this time the topic was Entrepreneurial marketing….

A couple of photos…..

Thanks to SVASE we had a great turn out of marketers and entrepreneurs interesting in hearing from a panel that was keynoted by Donna Wells from is a great financial tool that helps you keep track of what your spending on by providing updates and suggestions on how you can save money which is pretty critical in this economy….

Joining Donna were Kimber from Increo Solutions who make two cool products, one called backboard which is a feedback tool that allows users to easily collaborate and provide feedback on documents online and the other is embed it which allows embedding of a large number of documents in websites using flash and TJ a serial entrepreneur with two new businesses at the moment, slice (really cool designer home cutting products) and partybeans which allows you to customize jelly beans and other fun sweets in packages for parties and different life events….

So it was a great panel with lots to share on whats working and what’s not… here were my takeaways:

1. Marketing is changing in a big way, product is more important than ever before because you can’t cover up a crappy product that does not deliver value with lots a marketing spend anymore… word gets out and the product falls over

2. It is possible to get quality customer insight and feedback at a fraction of the cost, online research tools and social networks allow for testing and refinement that was not possible a few years back

3. PR is replacing advertising – we have known for a long time advertising is not trusted by consumers but in the past it was the fastest way to get massive awareness quickly. These days PR can help drive awareness very quickly and influence customers more effectively

4. Using a professional blogger  is a very effective strategy for start-ups looking to generate WOM and awareness fast

5. Tireless promotion pays dividends….

I am sure I missed something?